In 1909, Amy Strong, a famous San Diego dress designer, hired architects to build her dream home on the Ranch. They pitched tents on the site for their own accommodations, drew renderings and blueprints. The home was completed by 1921. The Strong home in Ramona is the vision of this artistic woman, the talents of her architects, and the philosophy of the Craftsman Movement.
The finished exterior, the stone work, windmill, bricks and tiles, and arches reflect French, Dutch, Spanish, and Medieval styles. Roof tiles are supported on a concrete roof sustained by rock buttresses. Eaves are troughs hewn from unfinished eucalyptus trunks supported by gargoyle figures. Aztec, Greek, Roman, North American, and Oriental crafts, decorated the exterior and interior of the house. All were tributes to prosperity, health, friendship, and good luck.
Other motifs were taken from Persian, Arabic and Oriental rug designs used in the house. Mrs. Strong, her niece and their cook, did much of the painting and design-work themselves. Interior use of wood included lightly polished redwood planks recycled from vats for many of the doors and mantels, beams, and balustrades of twisted eucalyptus. Mrs. Strong left natural, oak, and pine; other woods were painted or polished. Some of the original floors and stairs were flagstone and a few of the floors were oak planks. No chalk lines were used in the construction. There are no perfect corners and neither the roof nor floors are level. The windows, of Belgium triplex glass, are irregularly shaped as well.
The effect was warmth, grace, freedom, and unity of both the exterior and interior with the rock and tree studded surroundings. Over the years, the main house has been meticulously restored and updated in an effort to preserve the beauty and charm of the original home while adding modern conveniences so that the property can be appreciated by all.
We offer an all inclusive package allowing you to just relax and enjoy your big day. The Castle has eight and a half acres of landscaped grounds, both a Bride’s and Groom’s Dressing room, Children’s Play Room and much more. Our package includes a Day of Venue Coordinator, Complimentary Decor to accent your event, all your Catering Event Staff, Rentals, Tray Passed Appetizers, Champagne Toast, a Full Buffet, all your Floor Length Linens and Napkins, China and Flatware, Glassware, and much more.
Mt. Woodson’s All-Inclusive Wedding Package includes the little details to ensure a perfect day.